Security guards keep a vigilant watch at schools

Katie Fanua advises sophomore D’Auria Henry on organizing events for Black History Month.  - Photo by Valentina Petrova
Katie Fanua advises sophomore D’Auria Henry on organizing events for Black History Month.
— image credit: Photo by Valentina Petrova

At 6:45 a.m. every school-day morning Bobby Manglona kicks off the security guards’ shift at Olympic High School. That is except when wrestling season is on. Then the Trojans’ assistant coach comes in half-an-hour later and Katie Fanua clocks in early-bird.

Thursday morning, before the first bell rang, Manglona checked the locker rooms, browsed the hallways, the portables outdoors where students often hide to smoke, and stopped by a small room in the main office where he can monitor the six cameras distributed outside the school.

This is the first school year on the job for Manglona, who’s been volunteering as an assistant coach at OHS since 1993, just a year after he graduated from the same school.

“I try not to do too many of those ‘back in my day’ stories,” Manglona said, smirking. “It’s not the best way to get to kids.”

Working on the security staff was a good opportunity for him to be in the building for his wrestlers, he said.

One of his least favorite tasks, though, is dealing with members of the wrestling team in his new role.

Fanua also has a least favorite group of students to discipline.

Not that either the wrestlers or Fanua’s two daughters get into all that much trouble.

“The hardest thing is having to deal with an issue that has to do with my kid,” Fanua said.

Senior Storm Fanua and sophomore Pepper Fanua asked their mother not to embarrass them at

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